Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Kentucky beats Georgia, to play Florida for SEC title

ATLANTA — Kentucky coach John Calipari didn't mince words Saturday afternoon on the subject of playing Florida for the third time in a month.

The Gators and Wildcats (24-9) meet today in the SEC tournament championship game, and Calipari was told that his players wanted to see the Gators again.

"I don't," Calipari said. "I've had enough of the Gators."

Kentucky's 70-58 victory over Georgia (19-13) in the semifinals set up a third game this season against No. 1-ranked Florida. It is the second game between the two in eight days and the third since Feb. 15. Florida defeated Kentucky 84-65 on March 8 and swept the regular-season series.

"What a great team, what a great story, what a great coaching job," Calipari said of the Gators. "You're talking about a team, it's almost an honor to play a team like that. When the game is close, they will not give you the game, and if you don't fight like heck, they're taking it from you. That's who they are, and that's who they've been all year. I don't see it changing."

Kentucky jumped out to a 10-point lead against Georgia early in the game, but the Bulldogs trailed by just four at halftime. Georgia pulled within 41-39 with 15:11 remaining in the game, but Kentucky responded with a 27-13 run in 13 minutes.

Kentucky's bench outscored Georgia's 23-4.

"Kentucky's a really good basketball team, and to win we needed to play very complete basketball," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "We didn't rebound it well enough and just couldn't get enough stops in the second half to win the game."

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